SLIPKNOT’s New Album Is Similar To ‘Iowa’, CLOWN Says

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In a new interview with Louder Sound, percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan talked about the SLIPKNOT‘s follow-up to 2019’s We Are Not Your Kind.

When asked how the new SLIPKNOT material is sounding, Clown responded: “It’s awesome that you don’t know anything about it, because once again, pretty much everything you require from us is inline once again. Meaning, we’re here, we’re happening and some of the most incredible music is happening. This is a very special time in life. This is a time when everybody in life has had to take a moment, so you can imagine we have had to take a moment. So I wonder what we’ve reflected on…”

Asked if the new album is similar to band’s 2001’s Iowa record, since Clown previously mentioned that the pandemic has been similar to the Iowa period for the world, he said: “Yes. Yes. This one is a cobra in a basket. You can either know how to play the instrument, or you can take the circumstance. This is real. But you’re gonna open the basket. You’re going to play, you’re going to charm and be charmed.

“What are you going to do when you’re the Clown and you’re stuck at home? I got busy writing. We got busy thinking and feeling. We got busy loving and taking it in. I had the leisure to do it in my own sanctuary and have beautiful people show up and just eat peppers from my garden after writing music.

He continued: “Then another little thing happened. Just like you and I are on Zoom right now. Imagine being someone like the Clown, who wouldn’t buy into FaceTime who wouldn’t buy into technology asking his singer, ‘Hey, send the vocals through the Internet.’ But this year has been a year of Zoom and FaceTime. And do music at your house and email it and we’ll put it in the song. This has been a great year to catch up on technology and utilise it and benefit from art making.

“I was able to work on music with others in the band and Corey [Taylor] was in Vegas and he was able to go to a studio and do vocals and send it,” Crahan added. “That’s amazing. So I took benefit of that stuff and those that never wanted to use technology are using technology, like me.”

SLIPKNOT announced a return to the road for its incendiary 2021 incarnation of the “Knotfest Roadshow,” Support will come from three Grammy-nominated heavy music luminaries, KILLSWITCH ENGAGEFEVER 333 and CODE ORANGE. Tickets for the tour are now available at this location.